Old year and Happy New year

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I am not a big fan of the ‘Christmas tree’ you see in the middle of the picture above rising up in front of the Frontenac as she came into port on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. The lights are out at Bentleyville for another year, and soon, I hope, the tree will be gone. By then most of the vessel traffic will be over, but I will patiently wait for the new season, when the leaves will return to the trees, the branches of which are now visible framing my picture. But I am not complaining.  Below, is an unobstructed view of the Frontenac but by then, the sun was not a big help to my picture, but I am not complaining. Most should be so lucky to have Christmas trees, leaves and the sun to worry about.
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The Frontenac was here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in West Duluth. She departed, this morning at 5:00 (above). Below, the Whitefish Bay departed the port this morning, January 1, 2017, after discharging a cargo of salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. I think she left here on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BN.
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With the Western end of Lake Superior available for parking this afternoon, the Paul R. Tregurtha sat just behind the American Integrity above, at the right, and below, a little closer. They were I think both waiting to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. But it is dark outside and AIS is still recovering  from New Years Eve, as I guess are all my usual sources. So I will go home and watch the last football game of the regular season.2017-0101-0603

Big news–no fog-see boats

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The Frontenac (center) came under the Lift Bridge at 6:41 this morning (June 23, 2011) and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock to get fuel. The American Integrity (right) came under the Lift Bridge an hour and 6 minutes later. She was waiting for the Frontenac to complete before getting  fuel  herself and then going to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Integrity slowed down, almost to the stop  just after moving around the turning buoy. The Mesabi Miner (left) was approaching the Lift Bridge, noticed the Integrity sitting there and called  up to determine where the two boats should be after the Miner arrived in the harbor. The Integrity gave her a choice, the Miner said, ok, how about you move over behind the Frontenac and I will pass on the left on my way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. And that is how the above picture came into be.

Frontenac leaves with iron ore pellets

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The Frontenac departed Duluth on Saturday evening with a cargo of iron ore pellets (above). The John B. Aird was expected to arrive late Saturday night to load coal. After it departs Duluth early in the morning, the people at Midwest Energy will have a couple hours rest before 3 boats arrive. As always, the first one to arrive is the first one to load coal; the others wait in line. Since we have not had much salt water traffic this season, we don’t get a lot of ships anchored in the lake so the waiting line for Midwest Energy will have to do for now.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2008

Frontenac here for 2nd time this season

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The Frontenac left Duluth on Thursday evening (above) after making its 2nd trip to the Twin Ports this season. Yesterday, it loaded taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. On most of its trips to the Twin Ports, the boat can be found loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/13/2007

Frontenac playing icebreaker

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The Canadian flagged Frontenac will be here today for the 10th time this season. Above it is breaking up some ice and snow as it entered the Duluth ship canal on March 29th, 2003. With the high winds we have had, it is lucky for ship captains that the temperature has been above freezing. Below freezing and the water of Lake Superior becomes ice on the hull and the deck, especially when heading into the wind. Lower temperatures and high winds from the east would have added a lot of ice to the decks of ships departing Duluth yesterday. Wait for a west wind with lower temperatures to see ice covered boats arriving. While not appreciated by the captain, the boats are fun to look at. I get more requests from on board personnel for pictures of their boat covered in ice and snow than not, so even they appreciate the look of it if not the added weight and inconvenience.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2006

Frontenac in Duluth ship canal

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The Frontenac is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec. This is the 15th trip here for the boat; each time it loaded taconite, usually at Burlington Northern. It may come in the Duluth entry today to take on fuel before moving over to the BN.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2005

Frontenac departs with the Blues

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The Frontenac departed Duluth during the Blues Festival last August (above). Most of the people in the picture didn’t know the boat was just behind them. They were listening to Mavis Staples. Today, the Frontenac will be under the Lift Bridge again, here to load taconite. Very few of us will be watching, but for different, and colder, reasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2005